• Oatmeal

    Posted on February 16, 2012 by Elaine in 5 minute meal, Breakfast Idea.

    On brisk Winter mornings like today, we often yearn for something warm for breakfast to motivate us to leave our comfy, snuggly beds. The norm is a piping hot cup of Joe to “get us going.” It is often the waft of coffee coming from the kitchen that is our conditioned alarm clock. Coffee has its benefits but it is not a meal, persay. Sure, it is easy to make with a coffee maker. But so is something as healthy and nutritious as oatmeal. Why not try a steaming hot cup of oatmeal for breakfast to get your day started on the right foot? It is good for you, delicious, and very easy to make!

    I discovered a liking for oatmeal at a very young age. My grandfather loved his oatmeal with some sugar and an egg cracked into it while stirring it over the stove. He liked his oatmeal sweet … and so do I. To this day, I still make my oatmeal that way. But you can be as creative as you want and put in toppings and ingredients as you desire.

    Oatmeal oats can take a while to cook so companies have come out with the 5 minute oatmeal. Didn’t I tell you that you can make oatmeal as fast as your coffee maker can make your coffee? =)
    Add 1/2 a cup of 5 minute oatmeal oats to boiling water or milk. I like to use water. I then add a bit of agave sugar. It is a natural sweetener, sugar substitute that is low glycemic and great for diabetics. As a tradition started by my grandfather, I then crack a whole egg into my oatmeal and stir it around over medium heat. I love having bits and pieces of cooked egg in my oatmeal! It is a weird combination to some but for me, it is home. I then add some fresh strawberries and blueberries to top it off. Voila! There you have it in your Starbucks mug – a healthy, hearty, delicious breakfast that took only 5 minutes to make but will keep you full of energy all day!

    1/2 cup of oatmeal oats has only 150 calories, 27 grams of carbohydrates to give you that energy for the day, 3 grams of unsaturated fat, 4 grams of dietary fiber. No cholesterol and no sodium. And ladies, it even provides 10% of your daily intake of iron. Breakfast never tasted nor felt so good! So next time you wake up on a cold morning and find it hard to get out of that comfy bed of yours, try making yourself some hearty, loving oatmeal and get your day started with a smile!

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